Inside Information: 8 Ways to Love Chamomile

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8 Reasons to Love Chamomile Essential Oil

The sweet, subtle scent of Chamomile essential oi is our reminder to be kind to ourselves and others. This sweet plant is one of the world’s oldest herbal medicinals, and it can be used for skin, hair, health, and moods. Today, we take a look at all the reasons to love Chamomile essential oil.

There are two main types of Chamomile; German and Roman. The type we’re talking about today is Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), more commonly known as German Chamomile. This sweet extract is in nearly every product we make, it’s a key botanical in the EO Organic Herbal Blend.

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German Chamomile is also known as blue Chamomile because of its blue color. This distinct color comes from high levels of azulene, a constituent of the essential oil that has excellent anti-inflammatory effects on the skin. Let’s take a closer look at how this botanical superpower can enhance our lives one breath at a time.

 

  1. Anti-Inflammatory

Chamomile has been shown to help reduce inflammation in the body and on the skin. In onen modern study of human volunteers using the extract of  Chamomile, it was shown to be anti-inflammatory and the essential oil was shown to penetrate deeply into the skin – thereby delivering the soothing effects where they were needed most.

Use a lotion with Chamomile extract on sore muscles after a soothing bath.

  1. A Cure for the Common Cold?

No, we still haven’t cured the common cold, darnit. However, Chamomile has been shown to ease the symptoms of the common cold especially when inhaled with steam.

Next time you’re feeling under the weather make sure to have several cups of Chamomile tea and breathe in the steam. You can also put a few drops of Chamomile essential oil in a pot of steaming water and inhale the steam. Be well, friends.

 

  1. Digestive Helper

A cup of Chamomile tea is an age-old remedy for an upset tummy and modern studies have confirmed what folk medicine has always known – Chamomile is good for digestion.

Drink a cup of Chamomile tea when your tummy is upset, or massage some lotion that has Chamomile in it into your tummy. This can be especially soothing after a nice warm bath with some bath salts that also contain Chamomile.

 

  1. Skin-Loving Extract

In one modern study, Chamomile extract was shown to be 60% as effective as hydrocortisone cream in the treatment of eczema. Using a lotion that contains Chamomile extract can soothe and soften irritated skin.

Try smoothing in some lotion when your skin is acting up.

 

  1. Good Health

Drinking Chamomile tea, or inhaling its extract may support overall wellbeing. The benefits of Chamomile are still being uncovered, but with little to no side effects this extract can be an excellent health aid. One modern study showed participants with higher levels of antioxidants and lower levels of stress hormones after using Chamomile.

Diffuse a few drops of Chamomile (alone or in a blend) whenever tensions are high, or enjoy a hot bath with a bubble bath infused with Chamomile for optimal health.

 

  1. A Good Night’s Sleep

We love a good night’s sleep, our signature scent at EO is Lavender – a wonderful sleep promoter. Chamomile is also a slumber inducing superhero, its sweet scent has been shown to help the mind rest so the body can replenish.

Diffuse Chamomile before bed, or take a hot bath infused with Chamomile before slipping off into dreamland.

 

  1. Anxiety

Chamomile has wonderful relaxing benefits that can soothe cranky and anxious moods. One modern study showed German Chamomile to have soothing effects on folks with mild to moderate general anxiety disorder.

Use some Chamomile in your diffuser when tensions run high. Or, take a hot bath infused with Chamomile when stress runs high. If you’re in a pinch, massage some lotion into your neck and shoulders for a quick, soothing remedy.

 

  1. Kindness for Ourselves & Others

The emotional reminder that Chamomile brings us is to infuse our lives with kindness – for ourselves and others. When we forget to be sweet to ourselves and the folks around us, our lives become rough. Remembering to bring some kindness into our lives can infuse our days with sweetness.

As you breathe in some Chamomile, tell yourself a few things about you that you love – you could praise your looks or your efforts, or just list some things about you that you’re proud of. Remember to be kind, friends, it’s the kind of gift that radiates out and reflects back.

 

Fun Facts:

  • Chamomile flowers are daisy-like white flowers with 18 white petals on each flower. That means if you play ‘loves me – loves me not’ with a Chamomile flower and start on ‘loves me’ you’ll always end on ‘loves me not’.

  • In the Victorian era, Chamomile benches were built in which the seat of the bench was Chamomile plants. The tightly packed herb provided a soft and aromatic resting place in the many gardens of the time.

  • You can repurpose your used Chamomile tea bags as under-eye treatments. Simply put your tea bags in the fridge after you remove them from your tea cup and place them over your eyes in the morning. The cooling tea bags will help with puffy eyes.

  • Chamomile is so mild it is recommended for babies, children, pregnant moms, and those with compromised immune systems.

 

Here’s the studies we talked about:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2995283/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3210003/